RECAP: Ospreys v Ulster
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Pro14 Round 11 encounter between Ospreys and Ulster at the Liberty Stadium.
In what looks to be an intriguing match-up, bottom Conference A club Ospreys meet second place Ulster. The home side haven’t won a game since a 24-20 defeat of Benetton in October, which is their only victory all season.
Ulster’s only defeat to Ospreys since December 2014 was 10-24 at Liberty Stadium in April 2017, and they will be confident of adding to Welsh woes with a win which will keep them clear of the chasing pack in second.
The pairs’ last meeting ended in a resounding 38-14 victory for Ulster and Ospreys will look for fast improvements on a defence that has thus far leaked 281 points.
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Ospreys: 15 Cai Evans, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Kieran Williams, 11 Luke Morgan, 10 Luke Price, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Olly Cracknell, 6 Dan Lydiate (captain), 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Simon Gardiner, 2 Scott Otten, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Gheorghe Gajion, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 Sam Cross, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, 23 James Hook.
Ulster: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Robert Baloucoune, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Billy Burns, 9 David Shanahan, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Matthew Rea, 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O’Connor (captain), 3 Marty Moore, 2 Adam McBurney, 1 Eric O’Sullivan.
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Tom O’Toole, 19 David O’Connor, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Jonny Stewart, 22 Bill Johnston, 23 Craig Gilroy.
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Manuel Bottino (Italy)
TMO: Alan Falzone (Italy)